Hikaru Nakamura Scores at Tradewise Gibraltar Masters

Gibraltar Masters 2015

From January 25 to February 2 2015 the Caleta Hotel in Gibraltar hosted the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters. Amongst other rewards, the winner could expect 20,000 British Pounds prize money, while the second and third rank still won 16,000 and 12,000 British Pounds.

This outlook lured 257 participants from 46 countries to the event. Germany was the best represented country with 30 players, followed by England (23) and Spain (19). As there were no qualification requirements, many newcomers took the chance and competed against well-known Grandmasters like Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Peter Svidler, Nikita Vitiugov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Pentala Harikrishna, Yangyi Yu, and Yifan Hou. The results were final after 10th round.

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Final Top 20 Rankings
Rank   Name Rating Country Points  TB1
1 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2776 USA 8.5 2919
2 GM Howell David W L 2670 ENG 8.0 2818
3 GM Hou Yifan 2673 CHN 7.5 2772
4 GM Vitiugov Nikita 2735 RUS 7.5 2770
5 GM Topalov Veselin 2800 BUL 7.5 2767
6 IM Wagner Dennis 2501 GER 7.5 2759
7 GM Wei Yi 2675 CHN 7.5 2754
8 GM Adhiban B. 2630 IND 7.5 2750
9 GM Harikrishna P. 2723 IND 7.5 2748
10 GM Bachmann Axel 2629 PAR 7.5 2722
11 GM Matlakov Maxim 2695 RUS 7.5 2667
12 GM Svidler Peter 2739 RUS 7.0 2719
13 GM Yu Yangyi 2724 CHN 7.0 2707
14 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2733 RUS 7.0 2700
15 GM Naroditsky Daniel 2622 USA 7.0 2698
16 GM Rapport Richard 2716 HUN 7.0 2677
17 GM Nabaty Tamir 2579 ISR 7.0 2615
18 GM Sutovsky Emil 2637 ISR 7.0 2605
19 GM Bok Benjamin 2572 NED 7.0 2582
20 GM Sengupta Deep 2569 IND 7.0 2574

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As can be seen in the ranking, Russia was represented four times in the Top 20 (Vitiugov, Matlakov, Svidler, Jakovenko) – best performance of all participating nations.

Victor Hikaru Nakamura was able to win the first six rounds in a row and remained undefeated with another three draws (Round 7 against runner-up David Howell, Round 9 against Bachmann, Round 10 against Harikrishna).

The remarkable performances of 25 year-old Axel Bachmann (8th rank, Paraguay, seated 22nd), runner-up David Howell (seated 15th), and 18 year-old German Dennis Wagner (rank 8, seated 65th) were great surprises.

Find videos and detailed match reports on the official Tournament Website:

http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe